Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

CNJ staff Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. […]

Portales firefighters plan open house

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As Portales Fire Chief John Bridges puts it, it’s not always a good thing for his department to be busy. This Saturday, though, firefighters will busy themselves with the public as a number of centennial events for Portales begins. An open house is set to take place at the […]

Cannon growth plan implementation discussed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A plan for how the community should respond to potential growth at Cannon Air Force Base was approved Monday morning at a joint meeting of the Local Growth Management Organization and Local Growth Management Committee at Clovis City Hall. Members also agreed to discuss implementation further and to consult […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

New ENMU athletic director emphasizes need for strategic plan

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Before he begins to work on reviving Eastern new Mexico University’s lagging sports programs on June 15 — his official start date — new Athletic Director Jeff Geiser has another pressing bit of business. “First thing I’m going to do is go to the bookstore and buy some (Greyhounds […]

Jennyslippers plan bazaar

PNT Staff Report Jennyslippers, the Women’s Associates of the Chamber of Commerce in Muleshoe, is taking applications for booth space at their annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar. The bazaar is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Bailey County Civic Center, located at 2200 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. Admission is […]

Clinton’s plan for greenhouse gases long shot

Freedom New Mexico At this week’s Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured 16 developed and developing nations that the U.S. will provide “political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome” at December’s U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps as a token of sincerity, she also apologized for […]

Bracing for growth

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties are well positioned to take on growth, but will need to expand in health care, education and housing sectors, according to planners. Albuquerque-based Keystone International consultants are finishing the Local Growth Management Plan, which the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment […]

Council will consider greenery for entry points, courthouse

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The comprehensive plan for the Portales downtown area includes greenery around the Roosevelt County Courthouse and gateway structures at key points. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in City Hall, Lee D. Einsweiler of Code Studio design company from Austin, Texas, presented the comprehensive plan. Einsweiler suggested five […]

Lujan economic recovery tour stops in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan told Clovis and Curry County officials Thursday that a $787 billion federal stimulus plan would bring help to ailing infrastructure and financially struggling American’s through credits, community improvement and growth and tax credits. Lujan, D-N.M., visited the area Thursday — meeting with community and […]

Altrusa plans holiday fundraiser

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Deck the … tables … with bows of holly. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has scheduled the 11th annual Holiday Happenings table decoration display, luncheon and style show for Dec. 6. The event, Altrusa’s major fundraiser, has provided funds for Roosevelt General Hospital, playground equipment, school band instruments and […]

Obama’s planned tax cuts costly to working class

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Barack Obama proposes a welfare plan that will transfer billions of dollars from those who earned it and to others who didn’t. He doesn’t call his plan “welfare” or even “hand-outs,” which would be accurate descriptions. Instead, Obama portrays this massive redistribution of wealth as “tax cuts,” which is more palatable […]

Local Briefs Oct. 9

PNT Staff Reports Floyd schools plan homecoming Floyd schools will celebrate homecoming this weekend, starting with a bonfire at 7 p.m. Friday at Jim and Judy Chandler’s home. The homecoming coronation will be held at noon Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by the varsity Broncos football game against Springer. Also on Saturday, the Lady Broncos […]

Commissioners agree to water pipline modifications

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners agreed to modifications to a water pipeline construction plan proposed by the city of Portales. The pipeline, which would pass under a county road, would be used to reroute water in the event of water-line breaks, which have plagued the city in recent years. Roosevelt County […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

Financial rescue plan must not allow undue risk

Freedom Communications Last week the financial industry was exposed as much more vulnerable to what might have seemed like ephemeral economic developments than almost anybody — including most in the industry — imagined. The supposedly wise people of Washington are huddling to come up with a plan to “stabilize” the markets that will undoubtedly cost […]

County manager plans jail changes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he plans to reveal an action plan for the adult detention center next week after he evaluates the recommendations of consultants. The plan is being drafted in response to the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates who cut a hole in the jail’s […]